Articles by

Bethany Erickson

11/22/17 9:00am

It’s no secret that we at Second Shelters have a soft spot for the Texas Hill Country — with its wide open spaces, the beautiful scenery, and the plethora of wineries that dot the landscape, it’s hard to find something you don’t like about Fredericksburg.

This week’s historical shelter is a perfect second home for someone who wants to be able to walk to the shops and dining in downtown Fredericksburg, but also wants to be close enough to drive to wine tastings or lunch at Hye Market, for instance. (more…)

11/10/17 4:09pm

blissHistoric homes go on the market on a daily basis — but when one like the Daniel Bliss Homestead in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, goes on the market, you sit up and pay attention.

Why? Because it was restored by the guy who pretty much wrote the book on preserving and restoring old homes, John T. Kirk.

This week’s historical shelter is a historic colonial farmhouse with two-and-a-half stories. The main part of the home was built in 1750 and features details common in the era and area — including the Georgian, five-bay-wide, center-chimney structure.

Kirk restored the home in the 1970s, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. (more…)

11/09/17 2:56pm

The tax reform proposal by the House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate the Historic Tax Credit. The Statler Hotel in Dallas was a project that benefited from the credit (Photo courtesy Hilton Hotels).

A plan to eliminate the Historic Tax Credit by the House Ways and Means Committee as part of its proposed tax reform bill will likely stymie efforts to continue preservation.

We have the details on what the HTC does for preservation efforts, and what it could mean if it was eliminated over on CandysDirt.com.

10/31/17 9:10am

The final home of Lizzie Borden is up for sale, just in time for Halloween.

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

And after the trial, Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma moved into Maplecroft Mansion, an eight-bedroom, four-bath home in Fall River, Massachusetts, settling in and even changing her name to Lizbeth in an attempt to avoid the notoriety she had obtained after her arrest and murder trial.

It was named Maplecroft, in fact, by Borden. And now that home, located at 306 French St., can be yours for $849,900. (more…)

10/27/17 1:58pm
Cary Grant

Cary Grant called this Palm Springs, California, compound “Villa Paradiso” for good reason.

He called it “Villa Paradiso,” and the pool house at this eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot compound in Palm Springs, was designed just for Cary Grant, who was just one of several old Hollywood royalty to vacation at the lush abode.

According to listing agent Marc Lange with Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, the nearly four-acre compound sits in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, and has everything — an amazing backstory, hundreds of trees, well-manicured grounds, and “the most commanding panoramic mountain views in the entire desert.” (more…)

10/20/17 4:40pm
farm

A frequent farmers market supplier of produce, condiments, and meat, Greer Farm is also a destination farm and ranch that hosts guests. It’s on the market for $3.5 million.

It’s not often that a sustainable farm and ranch with plenty of income opportunity comes on the market, which makes the fact that Greer Farm is now on the market even more remarkable.

The farm, which is located in Daingerfield, has 385 acres. In addition to hosting weddings and events and visitors in cabins, the farm also provides farmers markets all over Texas with jellies, jams, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. (more…)

10/13/17 5:55pm
Manor

This home in Manor, Texas, was a wedding present when it was built in 1897, and has been lovingly restored.

If you want 20 acres of woods to roam, but also like the idea of being close to Austin and civilization, this 1897 lovingly updated home in Manor, Texas, just might be the ticket.

Listing agent Jill Leberknight calls this home located at 19704 Hog Eye Road “The Grand Lady,” and it’s easy to see why this historical shelter has earned that moniker. (more…)